Team Bios

Bethena Balanon

Secretary

Bethena “Beths” Balanon (she/her) is a recent graduate of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus and an incoming Vaugirard Scholar at De La Salle University-Manila, majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Business studies. Coming from the province and having the opportunity to study in Manila made her realize the gender gap in STEM, as well as the unequal distribution of resources and opportunities across the field. 

With that in mind, she joined WiTech in 2018 to stand with other dedicated youth towards solving these issues. During her first year, she was part of the Human Resources and Finance Committee team, where she assisted in STEMForward, an event made in collaboration with EducationUSA that aimed to help Filipino students pursue studying abroad. This led her to eventually become last cycle’s Co-VP for External Relations, where she co-organized WiTech’s main events and collaborated with her high school for WiTech’s Roadshow project. Now, as the Executive Secretary, Beths hopes to strengthen the bond between the organization’s local and international chapters and improve her organizational and financial skills.  

In the future, she plans to pursue postgraduate studies to focus on the intersection of Chemistry and Technology and its applications in solving problems regarding environmental sustainability and food security. Outside WiTech, she loves fueling herself with iced coffee, fresh pastries, Korean dramas, and fictional stories! Also, she’s almost always online so if she doesn’t reply to your message immediately, it’s safe to say that she’s sleeping, binge-watching youtube book hauls, or baking muffins <3.